Monday, 28 May 2007

Weekend Summary

Eventful trip.
Fun time bonding and fellow-shipping.
Tired body.
Realisation, again, that I am blessed with a wonderful partner.

Good weekend overall.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Wembley Stadium Design - Bland and Generic?

Do you realise how the Wembley stadium looks so much like Arsenal's Emirates Stadium? The styles of each stadium looks so so similar.

They should take a look at new stadiums such as Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena or Beijing's new Olympic Stadium. Even the renovated Athens Olympic Stadium or Berlin's Olympic Stadium looks much better. As for older stadiums, have a look at Camp Nou and the San Siro.

Have they run out of ideas in making each stadium unique? I guess why the atmosphere at Man Utd's Old Trafford stadium is so different from its city rivals. Old Trafford was upgraded bit by bit, and so even after the renovations and expansion, it still managed to retain most of its character and uniqueness.

Oh well...

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Chicken Breast

The Hokkien word for chicken breast is "Heng Kam Bak"... and don't you forget it! :)

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Whome should Man Utd get for the next season?

A left-back = Gareth Bale?
A right-back = Micah Richards?
A defensive midfielder = Owen Hargreaves?
A left-winger = Nani?
A striker = David Villa/Fernando Torres/Dimitar Berbatov/Michael Owen?

Monday, 7 May 2007

Congratulations Man Utd!

After 3 years of waiting... Man Utd has finally won the Premiership title again!

It is no mean feat considering the quality of the opposition, especially Chelsea.

It took the whole team all of their skills, understanding and effort to be at the top this season.

The young 'uns came of age this year: Rooney, Ronaldo and even Fletcher... and the old ones, its was as if they found their 2nd wind and had a great indian summer: Van der Sar, Solskjaer, Larsson, Neville and especially Scholes and Giggs.

And of cos... the way Sir Alex put all these elements together, persuading Ronaldo to stay, recruiting Carrick to protect the back 4 and kept the team playing attacking, exciting football that sometimes put our hearts in our mouth, and other times lifting us up to "7th" heaven!

Lets hope they have enough in their tank to finish with a bang and end the season with a double. Here's to the next season!

Friday, 4 May 2007

New member of the family...

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you... the latest addition to the Chen family!

I present to you... err...

(please ignore the lard of fat carrying her)

Urm... we haven't come up with a name for her yet (Edit: we finally came up with Ashe, which is a nice name). Yes, its a she and she's a Korat cat (at least we are 99.99% sure she is a Korat cat!).

Korat cats belong to one of the oldest breeds of cats in Thailand and apparently, they are given as a pair to newly-weds and prominent dignitaries as a symbol of good luck. So they are known as the "good fortune cat" in Thailand...

She's a beauty isn't she?

Depth of squad...

The problem with Man Utd this season isn't not having a great 1st team, its not having a good 2nd team. With a long, tiring league like the Premier League, you need to have at least 2 good first teams in the squad if you want to succeed on all fronts.

With 1 domestic league, 2 domestic cups and 1 European league to compete for, you need a really big squad, comprising of a good mix of youth and experience, with at least 2 players per position in the team. However, as with every big squad, the biggest headache is to make sure that everyone is happy and that morale is high. The cost of maintaining such a big squad is also enormous.

Unless Man Utd's owners can back the manager is maintaining a big squad and ensure that each player recruited are skilled, team players, an assault on 4 fronts is near impossible.

Now, if only Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Laksmi Mittal and Ingmar Kampard would be persuaded to buy Man Utd from the Glazers...

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Too good to be true

They were poor. The very game Man Utd were expected to stand up and be counted for, they did not turn up. :/

At least Fergie had the guts to say that they were poor. Jose, you sore loser, learn from him will ya? :P

Oh well... there's always next season...

Now that Rooney's no longer ignorable...

Whom will be Man Utd's wild-card this time? Scholes? Carrick? Fletcher? Giggs? Even Ronaldo maybe? Hmm...

As for AC Milan, Man Utd have to watch out for Filippo Inzaghi though. That guy's a poacher par excellence... but I really hate the way he behaves on the field... whining and moaning, diving and asking for a yellow card to be issued to the opposition. That is just not cool, no matter how many goals you score. That's why I prefer Pele than to Maradona. I really hope Cristiano Ronaldo will start to lose those bad, bad habits soon.

Anyway, about 2 hours to kick off. Add oil, Man Utd!